In 1972 Foster Hewitt exclaimed "Henderson has scored for Canada!"
In 1987 it was Dan Kelly with his unforgettable "Lemieux ahead to Gretzky. Has Murphy with him on a two-on-one. To Lemieux - in on goal - he shoots, he scores! Mario Lemieux!"
In 2010 it was Chris Cuthbert who provided the legendary call for an immortalizing play, with the entire country watching:
"Crosby scores! The golden goal! And Canada has won a once-in-a-lifetime Olympic gold!"
Later he added, "These golden games have their crowning moment!"
Chris Cuthbert has always been one of my favorite hockey announcers. I couldn't be more happy for him to have had this moment.
Cuthbert is sort of hockey's Conan O'Brien. He's brilliant at what he does, but he's always second fiddle. Despite being the heir apparent as the lead announcer, he was inexplicably fired by Hockey Night in Canada back in 2005. He came to TSN, but he lined up behind Gord Miller, who was firmly implanted as the lead play-by-play man.
Knowing that CTV and TSN had the contract for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Cuthbert was shrewd enough to leverage his stature to ensure that come the gold medal game, he would not be the left out. He had it put into his contract that he would call that game.
What a classic game to call. What a way to seize the moment. It was a perfect call, Mr. Cuthbert. Thank you.